Frequently Asked Questions about Peru

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Questions

 

How far is Peru from my home?

In order to provide you with useful references we have created a table including the approximate arrival flight times.

Direct Flights

Country City Approx. flight time
United States Dallas 7 hours 12 minutes
United States Houston 6 hours 45 minutes
United States Los Angeles 8 hours 35 minutes
United States Miami 5 hours 45 minutes
United States Atlanta 7 hours
Argentina Buenos Aires 4 hours 15 minutes
Chile Santiago 3 hours 25 minutes
Spain Madrid 11 hours 30 minutes

 

Flights with stopovers

Country City Approximate flight time
United States New York 8 hours 35 minutes / via San José
United States San Francisco 10 hours / via Los Angeles
United States Washington 9 hours / via Newark
Germany Dusseldorf 18 hours 40 minutes / via Madrid
Germany Frankfurt 15 hours 30 minutes / via Madrid
France Paris 14 hours 50 minutes/ via Miami

Italy Milan 14 hours 50 minutes / via Madrid
Italy Rome 15 hours 10 minutes / via Madrid
UK London 15 hours 10 minutes / via Madrid
Japan Tokyo 20 hours 35 minutes / via Los Angeles

Do I need a visa to visit Peru?

Citizens of most American and Western European countries are not required visa to enter Peru. Citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not require passports or visa to visit certain regions of Peru. Contact the Peruvian diplomatic representative in your country for further information. Addresses and phone numbers are included in the website of Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Relations: www.rree.gob.pe
If the purpose of your visit is tourism, the maximum length of your stay will be 90 days (you can apply for extensions with the immigration authority)
All travelers must carry a valid passport, or a safe-conduct issued by the Peruvian immigration authority.

Is it safe to travel in Peru?

Reality shows that it is very safe. You may have read or heard on TV, websites or newspapers about terrorism, crime and economic and political instability. But the truth is that terrorism has been defeated a long time ago; Peruvians live in peace and work very hard every day to build and democratic and safe society. We can assure visitors that all they need to do is follow the normal precautions taken in order to visit other destinations.

When visiting the cities:

  • Take the logical precautions to avoid pickpockets and purse-snatchers.
  • Carry a copy of your identification documents. Keep the originals and the rest of valuable personal effects in the safety deposit box of your hotel.
  • Wear valuable items discretely; don’t carry large sums of cash and watch your bags and luggage.
  • Refrain from exchanging currency on the street.
  • It is advisable to use taxi companies for transportation (they can be requested by phone) or cabs authorized by the municipal authorities (in ima they are painted yellow and carry a bright identification sign on the roof).

Road tourism:

  • Always carry your driver’s license, a copy of your passport and the rental agreement if you’re driving a rental car. International driver’s licenses are valid for one year, while driver’s licenses from other countries are valid for 30 days.
  • If a traffic officer signals you to stop, you must stop. Traffic officers must be wearing uniform and carry identification (they are required to wear identification cards including their last name on their chest.) They are not allowed to enter the vehicle.
  • Bear in mind that traffic officers are not allowed retain any personal or vehicle documents. Under no circumstances should you offer or agree to pay money to traffic officers.
  • In case of an accident or collision, call a traffic officer. If your car is a rental, call the representative of the insurance company provided by the rental agency. Do not leave the scene of the accident. Keep the windows closed and the doors locked.

Prohibitions:

  • It is forbidden to take photographs of airports, military bases, police stations and areas surrounding high voltage towers.

Are there services for tourists with special needs in Peru?

In Peru we believe in the idea of “Tourism for Everybody”. This is why many public and private organizations have been working for years to ensure that their services are equally accessible for the differently-abled.
We advise you to contact your service provider in advance to ensure that your accessibility needs will be met.

What’s the weather like throughout the year?

Peru is a very large country that is crossed by the Andes and has a vast Amazonian region, so you are likely to notice differences from one place to the other, which may be more or less intense depending on the month of your visit. It hardly ever rains on the coast, where there are usually two seasons:a warm season and a cold season.

  • The warm season runs from November 15th until the end of March.
  • The cold season occurs from April to mid November and it is very humid.

Unlike the coastal area, the mountains and the jungle have a warmer rainy season running from mid November to late March, and the least warm season occurs between April and mid November.

Below is a weather table by city

City Altitude HighTemp Low Temp
Abancay 2,378(7,802 fasl) 25°C (77°F) 12°C (54°F)
Arequipa 2,335 (7,661 fasl) 24°C (75°F) 5°C (41°F)
Ayacucho 2,761 (9,058 fasl) 24°C (75°F) 11°C (52°F)
Cajamarca 2,720 (8,924 fasl) 21°C (70°F) 5°C (41°F)
Cerro de Pasco 4,338 (14,232 fasl) 22°C (72°F) 4°C (39°F)
Chachapoyas 2,334 (7,657 fasl) 22°C (72°F) 13°C (55°F)
Chiclayo 29 (95 fasl) 33°C (91°F) 17°C (63°F)
Cusco 3,395 (11,138 fasl) 17°C (63°F) 2°C (28°F)
Huancavelica 368 (1,207 fasl) 20°C (68°F) 3.4°C (38°F)
Huancayo 4,107 (13,474 fasl) 17°C (63°F) 0°C (32°F)
Huánuco 1,912 (6,273 fasl) 24°C (75°F) 18°C (64°F)
Huaraz 3,091 (10,141 fasl) 18°C (64°F) 9°C (48°F)
Ica 406 (1,332 fasl) 30°C (86°F) 8°C (46°F)
Iquitos 104 (341 fasl) 36°C (97°F) 17°C (63°F)
Lima 133 (436 fasl) 25°C (77°F) 13°C (55°F)
Moquegua 141 (463 fasl) 25°C (77°F) 17°C (63°F)
Moyobamba 860 (2,822 fasl) 36°C (97°F) 22°C (72°F)
Piura 29 (95 fasl) 35°C (95°F) 16°C (61°F)
Pucallpa 154 (505 fasl) 38°C (100°F) 24°C (75°F)
Puerto Maldonado 183 (600 fasl) 34°C (93°F) 21°C (70°F)
Puno 3,827 (12,556 fasl) 19°C (6°F) 2°C (34°F)
Tacna 562 (1,844 fasl) 28°C (82°F) 6°C (43°F)
Trujillo 34 (112 fasl) 30°C (86°F) 16°C (61°F)
Tumbes 6 (20 fasl) 38°C (100°F) 19°C (66°F)

How much money should I expect to spend on my trip?

This answer depends on your personal preferences and the level of comfort you desire.
Bartering is generally accepted in Peru, with the exception of larger stores and restaurants. In larger cities prices in general may be higher, particularly in Lima, and may increase during festivities such as the National Holidays (July), Easter (April) or Christmas due to higher demand for services such as bus and air transportation.

Below is a price list of products and services that you may use as reference in order to prepare a travel budget.

 

Reference product or service US Dollars
Mineral water bottle 1.5 Lt (51 fl. oz.) 1.40
Medium soda pop 0.50 0.50
Burger 1.40
Apple 0.30
Shampoo bottle 2.00
Tooth paste 1.40
Lunch (frugal) 3.00
Lunch (basic) 12.00
Camera roll 4.00
Blank video tape 8.50
Pair of sneakers 30.00
Newspaper 0.50
Public internet booth or cybercafes (1 hour)  1.5
Train Cusco – Machu Picchu (return) 95.00 (Autovagon)
Bus (one way)  5.00
Flight to Cusco (return) 140.00
Lodging per night (very basic) 5 – 10
Lodging per night (2 star) 20 – 40
Lodging per night (3 star) 50 – 90
Lodging per night (4 and 5 star) over 90